call to place: cambodia in 2011

When I was looking to travel somewhere in Asia from South Korea during my winter break in January, 2011, I decided I would go on a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. I wrote about my call to Vietnam here: call to place: vietnam in 2011.

When I originally decided on Cambodia, the only place I had in my imagination was Angkor Wat, in Siem Reap.  I had heard from various people that it could take 3 full days to see all the temple ruins, ruins that are engulfed by huge trees and their immense snake-like roots.  Pictures of this place had fired my imagination for years.  I really knew nothing about it except that it looked mysterious and beautiful.


approach to Angkor Wat


approach to Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia built for King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century.   It was originally a Hindu temple, then Buddhist, and is now the world’s largest religious building.   Restoration of the temples started in the 20th century, but was interrupted by civil war and Khmer Rouge control of Cambodia during the 1970s;  amazingly little damage was done to the complex during this time of upheaval.


Angkor Wat


Ta Prohm

I was embarrassed to say I really didn’t know anything at all about Cambodia.  I remember hearing of America’s bombing of Cambodia during the war, but I didn’t understand Cambodia’s involvement or why we were bombing them.

I would obviously have to prepare myself for more than the Angkor Wat temple complex if I wanted a deep experience of Cambodia.


“THE CALL TO PLACE” INVITATION: I invite you to write a post on your own blog about what enticed you to choose a particular destination. If you don’t have a blog, I invite you to write in the comments.  If your destination is a place you love and keep returning to, feel free to write about that.  If you want to see the original post about the subject, you can check it out here: imaginings: the call to place.

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